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Games Workshop Officially Unveils the Thousand Sons

After what appeared to be a mistake, Games Workshop has come out and updated the Warhammer Community site with new images and a look at the new models.

via the Warhammer Community Site
The Legion Unveiled!
Yesterday, we saw Magnus the Red, Daemon Primarch of Tzeentch set his eyes on Fenris.

Today, we take our first look at the Legions that will be marching to war by his side come December.

First up, the Rubric Marines. These formidable warriors form the backbone of the Legion. In combat, each fights with the deadly skill of any Chaos Space Marine, but inside their armour, all is dust. They were reduced to ash by the Rubric of Ahriman, a spell cast with the intent of saving the Legion from mutation, which instead doomed it to an eternity of half-existence.

It seems like 10,000 years since we’ve seen a new multipart plastic kit for one of the Chaos Space Marine Legions, but the wait has been worth it. The new models are phenomenal – dripping in detail reminiscent of the ancient cultures and sorceries of lost Prospero.

Gamers amongst you will notice some new weapons on there too: flamers and heavy weapons alongside the better known bolters. I know what you’re thinking, do they have awesome new rules? They totally do.

Woah! new Terminators? Rubric Marines we were perhaps expecting, but this is a welcome surprise. The Scarab Occult are the Legion elite, clad in armour with hints of the Tartarus pattern armour of ages past (like in the Burning of Prospero box! See what we did there?)

And these guys! Tzaangors, who we’ve previously seen prowling the Silver Towers of the Mortal Realms, make their Warhammer 40,000 debut. Thousand Sons are an elite force, so the option to have a horde of… more expendable warriors to soak up a bit of enemy fire will, we’re sure, be welcomed by Tzeentchian generals.

And of course, the Sorcerers themselves: each more powerful than any weak-blooded Librarian of the Space Marines Chapters, steeped in 10,000 years of arcane lore and blessed by the master of Fate himself.

The models are impressive indeed. Where the Rubric Marines have remained untouched by Tzeentch’s warping power, the same is not true of his true champions. The Exalted Sorcerers exhibit a range of strange avian mutations, making them stand out from the ashen-automata of the wider Legion.

And that still isn’t all.

We’ll be back later today with a close-up look at the new Ahriman model…