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House of Chains preview and Necromunda 2020 road map

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Copied over from WarCom (https://www.warhamme...omepage-post-2/):

 

House Goliath gangs are about to get bigger, and we don’t mean gains from a new workout routine. A new book for Necromunda, House of Chains, focuses on the Goliaths and is about to prove that only the strongest survive in the underhive.

 

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  Background

 

House Goliath is the youngest of the six Clan Houses on Necromunda, and the House of Chains book takes a deep dive into their history, from their beginnings as slaves to the present day where they prosper. There’s a look at how the House is organised from the Over-tyrant, through the Alphas and down to the enclaves within a hive. It also takes a look at House industries, House territories and some gangs of legend.

 

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Alongside the timelines and glorious new artwork, there are additional options for the tabletop too.

  New Fighters

 

House of Chains introduces Prospects into gangs for the first time. These are the up-and-comers of the House and represent the future of the gang. In House Goliath, they’re called Forge-born, and they are desperate to prove themselves to the Alphas of the clan so they can take their place as future champions and leaders. As you can see from their profile, they’re not there quite yet.

 

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They’re cheaper than a regular ganger and have different abilities to Juves, which offers you a lot of customisation in how you build your gang. These fighters also bring new weaponry with them. Choose a storm-welder to provide a high rate of covering fire so the rest of your gang can advance.

 

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But what good are new rules without new models to go with them? Well, not only are the Goliath Forge-born getting some miniatures, but they come in a kit with Goliath Stimmers, who are new House-specific Champions. 

 

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Think those Stimmers look pretty deadly already? Well, wait until they activate their Combat Chems Stash and smash their way through the underhive. Of course, sometimes even Stimmers can have an adverse reaction.

 

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It’s not just new fighters that Goliath are getting, though – there are a heap of gang-adjacent options too.

  Hangers-on and Alliances

 

House of Chains introduces a range of new Hangers-on to Necromunda, including the Goliath-specific Pit Trainer. They can improve your fighters by putting them through a few rounds in the pit, but be careful – this is more than just sparring, and your gangers can get injured.

 

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Depending on your preference, you can form an alliance with one of the noble Houses of Necromunda, House Greim, or the Slave Guild. Choosing the latter means that you may be sent a Slaver Entourage to “help out” your gang. Forge World are even producing some models to represent the Chain Lord, Shaklemen and Pit Fighters on the tabletop.

 

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Whether you join an alliance or not, there are still plenty of ways to improve your Goliath fighters.

  Grow Your Gang

 

The House of Chains goes into detail about the different origins of fighters in House Goliath, be they Vatborn (those created in a vat), Natborn (those born naturally) or Unborn (those from outside the House). If these fighters aren’t quite what you need, then there are rules to apply gene-smithing to them. Vatborn, Natborn and Unborn fighters can all take different Gene-smithed upgrades that increase both their characteristics and credit cost. Want your fighters to be even tougher than regular Goliaths? Give your Vatborn the Dermal Hardening upgrade and they will laugh off all but the strongest attacks.

 

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Vatborns are your “baseline” Goliath fighters, but you can upgrade any number of them to Natborn or Unborn and then Gene-smith away to your heart’s content!

  New Skills

 

To represent the physical dominance of House Goliath fighters, they now have access to a new skill set called, appropriately enough, Muscle. Maybe one of your fighters is so hard that he can just walk off wounds that he takes.

 

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This is just a small sample of what you’ll find inside House of Chains. It’s absolutely packed with Goliath goodness, and it’s indispensable whether you play the gang or you’re just a fan of Necromunda and its background.

  In the Gang

 

Of course, we couldn’t just let Goliath have all of the fun! All six House gangs are going to get their own book and, just like the House of Chains, they will all feature extensive background, new fighters, alliances, Bounty Hunters, House-specific tactics and more. Each gang will also get new plastic kits along with their book. Exciting, eh? Let’s take a look at the (Ash) road map for what’s coming up.

 

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That’s not all – we’ll be keeping you up to date with all of the latest Necromunda news in a monthly series of articles called The Underhive Informer where we’ll be giving you sneak peeks of the upcoming books and models. The future of Necromunda has never been brighter.*

 

The House of Chains book is available to pre-order this Saturday alongside the new Stimmers and Forge-born models and the Mercator Sanguis Slaver Entourage. If you’ve not already started your own Goliath gang, this is the perfect time – grab a box of these muscle-bound fighters now.

 

* Although the underhive will remain the dark, brutal place it’s always been.

Exciting stuff.  Happy to see the original houses getting some deep dives and also pumped to see the guilds finally starting to get models.  I hope that puts to bed the notion that these next books are money grabs, though I can understand some anxiety about power differentials given that we won't have House books for everyone until halfway through 2021.

 

I assume that means no outlanders or ash waste until at least the tail end of next year...


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I think I picked the right time to get back into the game *dusts off Goliath gang*

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So disappointed Van Saars aren't next


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I really hope we get a road map for 30k! Would be great to know when to budget for Book 9 and the models coming with it. 


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Awesome new models!


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So disappointed Van Saars aren't next


Van Saars need modifying (certain things becoming more expensive especially), not enhancing 😘
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I expected more houses to get juves and specials after the Corpse Grinders and Enforcers got some, but an actual roadmap is nice to see.

 

Now if only they did that with more stuff.


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Everything here is pure awesome!
Happy to get an confirmation that all of the main houses are getting new kits, and not just new gangs (not that I don’t want new gangs, I just want them to take a bit of a break and focus on the main six houses).
It’s also good to see that FW are finally getting to doing the guilds. Here’s to seeing a new guild set every time a new gang book gets released each quarter!

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Q2 can't come fast enough.


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I look forward to expanding my Escher although I'm quite sad that this means that ratskins are at best years away.

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I am super hyped for the Escher book and models.


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So disappointed Van Saars aren't next

Van Saars need modifying (certain things becoming more expensive especially), not enhancing 😘

Mostly I’m disappointed because I’m using them as Solar Auxilia and need some model variety ;)
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I look forward to expanding my Escher although I'm quite sad that this means that ratskins are at best years away.


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I look forward to expanding my Escher although I'm quite sad that this means that ratskins are at best years away.

The two gangs I enjoyed playing most back in the day were Ratskins and Scavvies, so these are indeed disappointing news. And since of the new rendition of the main 6 Caqdor are my favorites, things aren’t looking much better there either... >_<

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I can't be the only one thinking all these goliath heads are perfect for SoH + BL.
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can't wait for van saar and, next year, delaque!


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I really like and appreciate the transparency of the road maps but damn if it isn’t disheartening sometimes if you aren’t on it. :lol:
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Yeah can’t wait to see what goodies the rest of the gangs get. I’m already quite excited for the Goliaths and they’re probably my least favourite of the 6 original gangs.

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Happily surprised by the slaver guild; I really did not expect dedicated guild models to appear anytime soon. Nice to see FW is still dedicated to filling up their backlog of datasheets without models. Can't wait to see the other guilds.

 

Not really fan of the models themselves though. Too much bare skin for a merchant prince, and the other slaver models look too much like Goliaths. Still the quality of the details is good, and with a different color palette I think I they would stand out better as their own faction.


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I am absolutely loving the models and the fact that each House is getting an in-depth source book.

The artwork in the Necromunda books is usually very nice so I'm looking forward to this.

I'm also really glad that it looks as though we will get a second wave of cards, with updates, as I missed a load when the gangs were released and they go for silly money on ebay.

However, and this is just me being petty, I am getting a bit overwhelmed by the GW content hose right now.

I got back into Necrumunda so i could take a break from painting armies and thought that at best I would need 15-20 models per gang, and one book (Gangs of the Underhive).

I also thought it would be feasible to paint up one of each gang in the space of a year but it seems with all the extras that might be unlikely.

But then again I shouldn't complain, first world problems and all that, as it seems GW is actually fully supporting specialist games again, which I thought would never happen tbh


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However, and this is just me being petty, I am getting a bit overwhelmed by the GW content hose right now.
 

 

Honestly, I think this could become a serious problem for GW. Pretty sure Necromunda and other spin-off games cater to the same market and customers as 40k, and even if customers are inclined to buy more if they have more options to choose from, there will be a point where more models offered will no longer translate into more sales (but will translate into higher costs). The Specialist Games were killed off before because GW discovered by offering multiple miniature games they were basically competing with themselves. Why wouldn't that happen again sooner or later?


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Because sales cannibalism isn't really a thing? Old gw assumed it was but then old gw refused to do any market research :D

GW sales are gw sales, its not really an issue which bit of the company claims the credit for it.

It also assumes the customer would be slavishly buying 40k stuff if their eye wasn't turned by some hawt specialist game. It's the reverse in my case, shiny sisters revamps distracting from my Titanicus habit :D
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Because sales cannibalism isn't really a thing? Old gw assumed it was but then old gw refused to do any market research biggrin.png

GW sales are gw sales, its not really an issue which bit of the company claims the credit for it.

It also assumes the customer would be slavishly buying 40k stuff if their eye wasn't turned by some hawt specialist game. It's the reverse in my case, shiny sisters revamps distracting from my Titanicus habit biggrin.png

My issue is I'm still buying (and living off baked beans, lol), but the minis go to the top of the already huuuge pile, lol. I could open my own store right now..... :)

I haven't painted any of my gangs yet and already we're on the second wave of cards/rules and now there's new stuff coming out. Meanwhile I have just dived into Titanicus as well but doubt that will get painted any time soon.

So GW's alright but I am single handedly killing the planet with the amount of unpainted plastic piling up at home.... :)


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So GW's alright but I am single handedly killing the planet with the amount of unpainted plastic piling up at home.... smile.png

 

 

Think of it as a very expensive form of carbon sequestration.


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So Q2 next year is when I'll get into Necro then as Delaque are the House that appeal to me the most.

 

Well, at least I have a date to work towards :)







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