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Unsquatting the Squats – Take 2

13/01/2021
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Back in October 2019 I wrote about some ways to bring Warhammer 40,000’s space dwarfs back to the tabletop. It turns out a year is a long time in wargaming, even without a pandemic.

First, there’s been an official update from Games Workshop. Kinda. 2020 saw the end of their Psychic Awakening narrative event. It culminated in the release of Warhammer 40,000 9th Edition and a massive update for the Necrons. The final book of the series, Pariah, included an eyebrow-raising page…

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Before we get too excited, remember that Games Workshop loves to drop hints then do little with them. Blackstone Fortress was a great example of this. They used the game to update the designs for a lot of older units like Ratlings, Ministorum Priests, and Chaos Cultists. None of which have fully flowed through to Warhammer 40,000, aside from datasheets to use the models. I don’t see too many people fielding a unit of Ratling snipers made up of two sculpts.

Squats were also mentioned in the 7th Edition rulebook. All that came from that was two character models in Necromunda. They’re great models, but we need some quantity to go with the quality. Now we seem to be starting the cycle again. Will it lead to a full army? Will we get some more Necromunda characters? Will we land somewhere inbetween with a Blackstone Fortress style board game? It’s too early to tell, but I suspect we’ll find out in the next year or two.

In the meantime, one company is stepping in to meet the demand – Wargames Atlantic. They’ve been producing fantasy, sci fi, and historical plastic kits for two years now. While they’re not quite at the level of Games Workshop, they’re damn close. Plus US$35 is a decent price for 24 multipart models.

Late last year, WA released the latest faction in their Death Fields sci fi range. The range features groups of humans abducted by aliens and made to fight battles for sport. Basically, it’s an excuse to make different historical models and put a sci fi spin on them. The first two sets are the Raumjäger (Fallschirmjäger) and Les Grognards (Napoleonic French). Both are perfect for representing traditional Imperial Guard regiments.

It’s the third set that’s gotten me excited – the Einherjar. As the name suggests, these are Norsemen living an endless cycle of battle, death, and rebirth. But, their time away from Earth has stunted their growth. By now you should see where this is going.

Behold!

Sure, they’re closer to Cadians than the traditional Space Dwarfs, but that’s okay. They look tough as nails and ready for action. While they’re only basic infantry, this is only the first box. If they sell well, Wargames Atlantic are likely to make more.

I have a lot more to say about them, but I’ll save that for another post.

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