Hard to think that the new year is already so close at hand. But we're really just 2.6 months from it. And while I'm sure most of you don't want to actually think about all of that, Privateer Press isn't worried about it. In fact, they're looking forward to it. So much so that they're showing off their January releases. There's some Warmachine. There's some Hordes. There's some Monsterpocalypse. Have a look.
The murderous Bloodgorger trollkin hail from the blighted kriels of the Scharde Islands. Corrupted and black-hearted, they find no greater joy in life than charging into battle to maim their enemies before devouring them alive. Toruk’s blight has blessed these trollkin with pronounced spurs and curving horns, enhancing their already-formidable ability to commit atrocity.
Blood magic is the oldest of arcane practices in western Immoren, one the Tharn have mastered. While bloodweavers leap into the fray to wet their sacrificial blades, blood shamans are more reserved and focused, steeped in deeper sacrificial rites. They have long served the masters of the Circle Orboros, facilitating their magics through bloodletting, a talent also brought to the greatest warlocks among the Tharn. Linked by blood-sworn pacts, such shamans can borrow spells from those they serve.
Some few immortals prove exceptional enough to earn esteemed recognition. In life, Abidan was a skilled warrior, though from a family of little standing. In death, he has won glory and honor denied him in life. He was shattered in a clash inside Ios, where he fought back to back with Hakaar the Destroyer. When the extollers recovered his sacral stone and the exalted ancestors spoke his praises, a new, more ornate form was granted him, and so he became the Keeper. Given a special place among the immortals, he fights to safeguard those around him, moving to intercept blows intended for his ancient companions.
Following the unconventional path laid by Zaal, the Ancestral Advocate, the extoller caste has redefined its destiny, and now its most esteemed members no longer fear the Void. Some whose service to Zaal has been exemplary are allowed to transcend death to become immortal vessels, a stature below the full exalted yet preserved for eternity in stone. These vessels serve as conduits for the mortitheurgical power of warlocks and can guide destructive magics to smite those marked for death by the ancestors.
Becoming a full extoller is an arduous process, one with many trials where failure can result in death. Yet even novitiates who have yet to sacrifice an eye to gain their oculus can be useful on the battlefield. Each one labors day and night, carving the stone forms of the exalted, and through this skill, they can restore those damaged in battle or help quicken them to action. They are not warriors, but each wields a hammer augmented to shape stone, which can as easily be used to shatter the skull of any unwary foe that lingers nearby.
Allister Caine was never an ordinary journeyman, for he had already earned both infamy and fame as a gunmage. As deadly with his pistols as he was stubborn and difficult to train, young Allister Caine chafed under instruction both as a youthful prodigy of the Arcane Tempest and while learning what was required of a Cygnaran warcaster at the Strategic Academy. He was never respectful to the warcasters he was assigned to follow, prone to sneaking off to follow his own instincts. Yet when battle began, he quickly proved his worth, wielding a magelock in each hand.
Severius loyally served multiple hierarchs in his time as a scrutator and was a significant voice in the caste even before being elevated to leadership over all of the Protectorate’s military forces. As a scrutator potentate, Severius saw fit to support Voyle in his bid for power, accelerating that great ruler’s rise to hierarch. When he wasn’t striding fearlessly into foreign lands as a missionary to convert unbelievers to the faith, Potentate Severius was a formidable presence in battle. He manifested holy power, inspiring zealots and warriors, and from the start he showed his facility at wielding the warjacks of the Protectorate against the theocracy’s enemies.
Sky Sentinel has earned a special place among G.U.A.R.D.’s defenders as being one of the first super mechs created to protect the Earth, one of two initial Liberty-class weapons platforms. After the tragic death of its counterpart, Laser Knight, Sky Sentinel stood alone for a time against those who would destroy the planet, taking advantage of its advanced mobility to rapidly redeploy from one theater to another. This revered super mech is exceptionally equipped to coordinate the efforts of strike fighters and rocket choppers in its vicinity, unleashing unparalleled concentrated firepower.
The enigmatic tripod walker craft known only as Deimos-9 would follow after the Ares Mothership and continue the process of harvesting resources while expeditiously dismantling Earth’s defenses. Impacting initially in a compact spherical form, it unfolded to reveal its long legs and extending manipulator appendages, proving it could swiftly cross any terrain as it focused on urban centers. Deimos-9 has shown the capability of reaping vast amounts of energy in minutes, and seems to prefer to prey on power plants, solar grids, and other high-energy locations. Its grappling manipulators and limbs are made of advanced Martian metals and polymers, being extremely strong and durable despite a fragile appearance.