Shield of Baal: Deathstorm set coming from Games Workshop

Games Workshop has started taking orders for a new Warhammer 40k starter set, Shield of Baal: Deathstorm. This set pits Blood Angels vs. the ravenous hordes of the Tyranids on the planet Phodia.

The set is priced at $125, which isn’t too bad considering the models included inside the set, such as a Dreadnaught and a Carnifex. That price becomes even better if you and a friend decide to split the cost.
One interesting note, though, are the bases. In-particular, the Brood Lord comes on an oval base, and the Space Marines come on 32mm bases.

Also, 32mm bases are available to pre-order from GW’s shop as well.


From the website:

The planet of Phodia is under direct assault from the Tyranids of Hive Fleet Leviathan. Sent on a desperate mission to stop the encroaching menace before it reaches their homeworld, the Blood Angels Strike Force Deathstorm will have to earn its victory in blood.

Shield of Baal: Deathstorm contains the Blood Angels Strike Force Deathstorm, and the Tyranids’ Phodian Annihilation Swarm. The Blood Angels are led by Captain Karlaen – a brand new Space Marine Terminator Captain, whilst the Tyranids are led by The Spawn of Cryptus – a brand new Tyranid Broodlord model. Both of these miniatures are currently only available in this set.

Also included is a 40-page campaign supplement containing:
– the Fate of Phodia: the story of the desperate and violent battle between the Blood Angels Strike Force Deathstorm and the Tyranid bio-horrors of the Phodian Annihilation Swarm
– a set of three themed missions that enable you to re-enact the pivotal engagements of the Deathstorm Campaign
– full rules for Captain Karlaen of the Blood Angels 1st Company, the Broodlord known as the Spawn of Cryptus, and all of the units contained in the box
– complete lists of all of the Blood Angels wargear and Tyranid weapons and biomorphs needed to play through this campaign
– descriptions of the Tyranids special rules and psychic powers used in Deathstorm
– a handy reference page that makes it easy to find the rules whilst playing games.

Also includes a small-format paperback copy of Warhammer 40,000: The Rules featuring an exclusive Blood Angels cover.

This box set contains 25 Citadel miniatures, including: 1 Blood Angels Terminator Captain, 1 Furioso Dreadnaught, 5 Death Company Space Marines, 5 Space Marine Terminators, 1 Broodlord, 8 Genestealers, 3 Tyranid Warriors and 1 Carnifex. It also includes a Deathstorm transfer sheet, 1 Dreadnaught Base, 6 x 40mm Round Bases, 5 x 32mm Round Bases, 9 x 25mm Round Bases, 3 x 50mm Round Bases, 1 x 105mm Oval Base and 1 x 75mm Oval Base.

Please note, this product is available while stocks last and we expect it to sell out fast.

  • KelRiever

    I beg to differ: it IS too bad considering what is in the set.

    So, you buy some nice looking models that, if you use them all, need to be predominantly played with in a god-awful rules system game. If you want to tranposrt those models to some other game system, you’re probably stuck with a ‘grimdark’ future marine derivation game, or you steal the tyranids for the ‘aliens’ in something more universally appealing.

    Well let’s just say you could do that. For those few people out there who can, I am wrong. It is good for you. Otherwise, you’re buying into a giant moneypit of poor rules and constant cost ratcheting. You’re probably better off playing three-card monte on the street with a swindler. The swindler is more honest and you’ll have a better time.

    • Ok, GW definitely has some global problems, but they aren’t really part of this product launch.

      Here we have GW releasing a two player starter that has some rattle value to it. That’s not necessarily a bad thing.

  • Dewbakuk

    Really? Feel better now?

    Don’t get me wrong, I think 40k is an appallingly bad rules set and space marines are just stupid. Your post however is just pure trolling, if you aren’t interested in the product, why bother posting? The comment of it ‘isn’t too bad’ was clearly aimed towards people who are going to consider buying it, not at those who have no interest at all.

    Personally I clicked in to have a look at the Broodlord as I might try and pick one up for use in Necromunda.

    • KelRiever

      You can call it trolling. Since it happens to be the comments section, I’ll just take that as your opinion. See? I could call that trolling, but I’ll take the high road and say it is, likewise, another worthwhile opinion posted in the comments section.

      So happens the article posted an opinion that the set isn’t too bad and I disagreed. Do you think the article was trolling? I’m going to say yes if I apply your standards.

      • Dewbakuk

        The thing is I am interested in the product (or at least a part of it), admittedly not for 40k. The reason I would class your post as trolling isn’t that you disagree with the article, it was the manner in which you did it. It was just a series of attacks and rather aggressive to anyone who likes 40k, which is a lot of people.

        • KelRiever

          Okay, I accept that. As an opinion, of you characterizing my opinion. 🙂

          Honestly, I think ‘trolling’ these days has come to mean ‘strongly worded posts’ If I don’t milk toast what I’m saying, or basically come down on something strongly for reasons I think are deserved, I’m trolling. I can’t really agree with that but fine.

          • Dewbakuk

            You’re possibly right, personally I’d add that a trolling post doesn’t add anything to the thread either, such as constructive criticism etc. But then, that would be an opinion 🙂

  • I wonder about the base size changes. 32mm bases for Space Marines seems like it would be about right.

    In fact, a lot of GW minis have out scale creeped their 25mm bases long ago- especially since these minis are supposed to get into base to base contact with one another.

    I wonder how many people will feel the need to “update” their armies by re-basing them, though.

  • Oh- and what is with GW doing limited run stuff for EVERYTHING now?

    I don’t get it. Why wouldn’t you permit people who find out about your game later from picking up the starter set?

    • Dewbakuk

      No idea, it seems utterly bonkers to me.

    • tuco

      If I had to guess, the reasoning behind the limited run nonsense with all these products is aimed at accomplishing a couple of things. One would be that calling it a limited edition causes people in a community which arguably contains a higher portion of OCD personality types than the general population to feel the need to buy it right away. This is more likely to sell out the print run quickly, allowing GW to recoup the costs associated with getting the product on the shelves. Second would be that it looks good to tell your stock holders that you completely sold out of an entire printing of one of your products, to a point anyway. Eventually the stock holders will start to ask why you’re not printing as many copies as you can sell.

      Those are just two guesses as to why they’re doing this. I could be totally off, though. This is the same company that has taken the axe to my two favorite products they ever produced (Mordheim and Necromunda) for no good reason that I could see.

      • Dewbakuk

        I’d agree, it’s a bit of a stock balance thing. Look at this new ‘limited’ thing, get it now or miss out vs having to produce something and allocate it shelf space in stores etc which costs money. Far better to sell it off quickly and recoup all the money immediately. Selling out of a product within minutes of putting it on sale though (Khaine book) is a massive fail, it doesn’t mean you had a successful release, it just means you hopelessly under produced something.

      • Dewbakuk

        Oh, the killing of Necromunda and Mordheim (agreed, great games and the only ones I ever play) is an easy one. They weren’t sales drivers. Once a player had their figures they didn’t need to get anything else, not like in 40k where you can sell them the same things over and over again to get bigger armies.

        • They could have done the same with Necromunda and Mordheim, had they continued to support them.

          The trouble is that GW sees their audience as a limited group who will buy -something- from them to play a game.

          So they saw their skirmish games as competing with their main lines.

          • tuco

            It’s too bad, really. I had a lot of fun playing those games. I know that I could still be playing them, and they do occasionally hit the table, but with all the fan made warbands/gangs power levels vary widely even by GW standards.

            I’ll badmouth GW all day long without taking a breath, but I’d be lying if I said that if they released a Limited Edition Mordheim box I wouldn’t be first in line to throw my money at them.

          • Thanks Tuco.

            You are part of the group that GW believe don’t exist: The people who would give them money for one of their games but doesn’t just make a switch to their main games because GW cancels the ones you love.

            The sheer number of companies that basically survive off of making minis for Blood Bowl is proof that GW’s specialist range brings in players who aren’t interested in 40k/WFB.

          • tuco

            Mordheim, and to a lesser extent Necromunda, could still be viable sales drivers. Just make the rules. They don’t need to bother with pre-made warband boxes. Make rules for the original warbands, with the exception of the the Sisters of Sigmar; all of the minis needed could be made from existing plastic kits. I would expect that there would be an uptick in the sales of some of the WHFB scenery as well, though in my opinion that stuff is hit and miss aesthetically. About half of it is way too over the top.

            I’m no expert, but for them to release just an updated rules set via one of their e-rulebook formats seems like it would be a pretty low level of investment for GW.

            Down the road, they could release rules for warbands fighting in Lustria and bump sales of Dark Elf and Lizardman plastics. Or some sort of Karaz-based rules for fighting under the Old World with rules for Dwarfs, another Skaven clan, and Night Goblins.

            This is all just pipe-dreaming, though. GW seems to think that Mordheim is going to make them money in the realm of electronic gaming. I would expect that if that game doesn’t sell well, we’ve sadly seen the last of any official Mordheim-based products.

  • KelRiever

    Another comment on base size…scale inflation (or even scale deflation) has, as far as I can tell, never been about the consumer nicely, but instead locking them in. Suddenly you can’t use your old figures in a tournament without rebasing them. Oh, by the way, sorry about all those premade basis you might have purchased. Now, also, you have to at least buy something from GW.

    Plus, if the new models released are constantly increasing in size, don’t your old models just look silly standing next to them? Looks like you’re going to have to deal with that or buy new ones.

    I don’t have any proof of that but it certainly is what it looks like to me. Once upon a time, people purchased rules sets they liked, and used whatever company’s figures you wanted with those rules. I really think that is the way to go. Cycle scale inflation out. It isn’t going to make your game more fun.

    • Dewbakuk

      Yeah, what’s the betting we get a bunch of ‘re-basing’ tutorials?

      Or possibly not, after all, you wouldn’t have to buy all the figures again then…

      • tuco

        Limited edition re-basing tutorials, most likely.

  • -DE-

    It’s to squeeze money out of hardcore collectors, with an added bonus of the product not taking up valuable shelf space, since it’s guaranteed to sell out. Which, given the low run, is not something to brag about.

    This is GW’s new policy – make everything in strictly limited numbers to boost turnover for the next report, at the cost of long-term sustainability.

  • Drapetomanius

    So much rage and butthurt in these comments. If you don’t want it, don’t buy it.

    I bought a set for my pseudo-Fallout tabletop RPG. We’re using Tyranids as diversified deathclaws, and Terminators make great Enclave soldiers. Everything else I will paint up and Ebay, and probably make money in the end.

    I’d hate on Games Workshop, but the price per model in this set is really competitive. Plus, they’ve sent me hundreds of dollars of free miniatures over the years. Best customer service evah.

    • tuco

      I don’t think I’m raging here. I will admit to a moderate level of butthurt over the discontinuation of one of my favorite games, what, a decade ago? I’m not angry, I’m just…disappointed.

      Part of what’s shocking here is the price point. For the minis alone if you bought them at MSRP, you’d be paying, what, about $270? And that’s without the books. Seeing a markdown like that, even in a loss leader, makes me feel like any time I pay full price I’m getting gouged.

      I’d love to know how you get free minis from GW. The only thing they’ve given me for free over the years is the finger.

      • Most companies have discounted starter sets- that’s something I think is great. Get more people in.

        Privateer Press, Wyrd, Corvus Belli, CMON and Sodapop all have pretty nicely discounted starter sets compared with their normal prices.

        GW’s pricing problems are largely done when comparing them against themselves. Their ‘core’ units are priced at $5 or under, while their elites are often two to four times as much for the same volume of plastic.

        • I meant $5 per mini (10 marines for $40 is a good price, vs 5 Sternguard for $50 or 1 Captain for $20).

      • Drapetomanius

        I bought a fortified manner, and one part of a sprue was over-baked. They sent me a second fortified manner.

        I bought 20-ish Kasrkin on eBay and they had some miscast issues. They sent me 4 boxes of Tempestus Scions ($140 worth)

        They sent me four or five failcast replacements as well. That’s another fifty or sixty bucks.

        I calculated $300 for all of those items, but I buy a lot of minis and most of GW’s supposedly outrageous prices are comparable to boutique mini companies and some of the mid-sized companies. They definitely gouge for characters though.

        As an aside, it’s “lost liter”, meaning that you lost a little to make more.

        • I believe the phrase is “loss-leader”. Business entity promotes or ‘leads’ with an under-priced item (lose money) to pull clientele into further purchases. (gain money)

          I’ll second the generosity of GW customer service. Years ago, when I dealt with them, they unfailingly compensated any problem I had.

          Shame those guys don’t have more pull in the company policies.

  • I’ll be stalking eBay for the Nids.

    The rest of it? Meh.

  • Just picked up a ‘Fex for $28 including shipping. Which is not bad, IMO.

  • blkdymnd

    If I had any interest in 40k rules in the slightest, I think it’s a pretty fantastic deal. Unfortunately for GW, I’m so far away from touching any of their stuff, that it’s a moot point.