Warhammer 40K Occult Omens Review

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The fetid winds of the planet Daethe whipped the Aeldari Autarch’s cloak as it made its desperate sprint out of the clutches of the diabolical Chaos Marines. Ahead of her, she could see a small contingent of her troops rallying to intercept her. But behind, she could feel the terrible presence of the Chaos Marines heading towards her. Will she be able to send a message to her compatriots in time to ward off this vicious assault? Or would the Warpsmith D’vok and his terrible Forgefiend mean his doom? These are the thrilling tales of a mighty clash between Aeldari and Space Marines found in occult omensthe new box for Warhammer 40,000 by Games Workshop. GW provided us with a review copy of the set, and we dove in to see what it’s made of and how it plays.

What’s included in Eldritch Omens?

occult omens is a new version of Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40,000 boxed set, and it includes a strip of all-new miniatures (not built on cores), transfer sheets with insignia for the units included, and a booklet full of knowledge, rules unique, two missions, and data sheets for each unit.

The miniatures included are:

Chaos Space Marines:

  • 1x Blacksmith
  • 5x Selected
  • 1x Forgefiend (can be built like a Maulerfiend)

Aeldari:

  • 1x Autarch
  • 5x Rangers
  • 3x Runners Shroud

All of these models, with the exception of the Forgefiend, are brand new sculpts, and each comes with its own spec sheet included within the 32 pages. occult omens brochure. As with everything Warhammer 40,000 produced, these miniatures come unmounted on sprues and require glue and tools (which are not included in the box).

Complete contents of the Eldritch Omens box. Image: Games workshop

What is the story of Eldritch Omens?

Taking place in the same area of ​​the galaxy as the rest of Warhammer 40,000′s competitive season, occult omens traces the story of a pivotal battle between the Aeldari and the Chaos Space Marines in the Nachmund Gauntlet (which we covered with the release of the Grand Tournament Mission Pack and the standalone tome Vigil alone). Within the swirling mass of the Nachmund Gauntlet, where real space meets the Warp, lies the planet Daethe. And the struggle, though wonderfully captured in the lore included in the occult omens booklet, is easy to understand. The Aeldari seek to protect this planet’s Worldmind (a collection of the souls of their dead, preserved from the hungry maw of the Chaos God Slaanesh), and the Chaos Space Marines hope to harness the Worldmind to power their infernal Demon machines. . The story recounts the exploits of the Aeldari Autarch Ghaelyn as she and a small contingent of warriors seek to escape the clutches of the Chaos Space Marine D’vok the Warpsmith. It’s a thrilling tale, and the booklet takes those adventures right to the table.

How are the Two Armies in Eldritch Omens?

Simply put, the Chaos Space Marine forces included in occult omens are designed to hit hard and close the gap for melee combat, while Aeldari forces are fast, long-range shooters. But let’s take a closer look at each unit included in the box.

Chaos Space Marines included in Eldritch Omens
Chaos Space Marines included in Eldritch Omens

The Chaos Space Marines pictured above are led by the Warpsmith (he’s the dour guy on the far right in this photo, along with all the mechatendrils). This unit is a unique model, and it is absolutely equipped with a full arsenal of weapons including power axe, mechatendrils, melta, flamethrower, plasma gun, frag grenades and krak grenades. Although none of his weapons have a range greater than 12″, you will have no fear getting close to him as he sports a 2+ save characteristic. This means he can get close, and it will take a while.. a few unlucky throws to bring him down.

His unit of 5 champions also want to roam the field and get in close to deal devastating damage with their bolt-action pistols and melee weapons, though they only carry one wound each, making them easy to take down. if you don’t play aggressive. enough with them.

Finally, there’s the hulking Forgefiend, a hulking beast with Hades autocannons, ectoplasm cannons (which deal explosion damage), and regeneration abilities. With 12 wounds, this beast is really tough to take down and can sit comfortably in the middle of the battlefield to rain down its weapons on your enemies.

The Aeldari forces contained within Eldritch Omens
The Aeldari forces contained within Eldritch Omens

Now let’s talk about the Aeldari forces, led by their Autarch. The Autarch comes with a full kit of various weapons to arm it with, so there’s plenty of room for customization. But right from the datasheet, she’s equipped with a shuriken pistol, her brutal starglaive, and plasma grenades (though a plasma grenade’s stats aren’t included in her datasheet). She is an agile warrior and can be equipped with equipment that allows her to fly or use a warp strike. She also allows all friendly Aeldari around her to re-roll 1s on their hit rolls. Although the Autarch is a valuable commodity on the battlefield, this leader can really lead, hit hard, and maintain morale.

The Aeldari Rangers are snipers, striking with their incredible Long Ranger Rifle. With a range of 36 inches, this heavy weapon inflicts an additional mortal wound for every 6 rolled on the wound roll, making them the perfect snipers to drop into a safe position and start taking out your enemies.

Finally, what I personally consider to be the stars of occult omens, the Runners of the Shroud. Each Shroud Runner model (there are three in this unit included in the box) is equipped with the aforementioned long Ranger rifle and a scatter laser, a Heavy 6 weapon (meaning a unit of three models throws 18 dice to hit). They can move 16 inches, have the Fly keyword, and can gain the benefits of Light Cover as if they were an infantry model. In other words, you can roam the battlefield, blasting big holes in your opponent’s army from well-hidden positions.

What are the special rules and missions included in Eldritch Omens?

In terms of points, Chaos Space Marines are rated at 17 points total, while Aeldari are only rated at 12 points total. To compensate for this power disparity, new rules can be added via occult omens. Called “Goliath Down”, these rules give additional advantages to a player without Vehicle or Monster units against an opponent who Is it that have a Vehicle or Monster unit in their army. These additional rules are rolled out at the start of the game and include tactical trickery allowing the “oppressed” unit to do things like automatically wound these large units on results of 6, plant mines on the battlefield, and more. . There are also equipment uses that allow the outsider unit to block the large unit’s signal (reducing its attack characteristic), upload a virus to the large unit, and more. These rules work wonders for creating a perfectly balanced tense battle and can be imported into any battle outside of occult omens that meet the “Goliath Down” criteria.

The Shroud Runners protect their Autarch in Eldritch Omens
The Shroud Runners protect their Autarch in Eldritch Omens

Also included are two new missions that play out the final moments of the story between the Aeldari and the Chaos Space Marines. The first mission places the Autarch in the center of the battlefield, and its objective is to travel to its edge of the battlefield and spend its time performing a special action to transmit a call for help. The second mission sees the Warpsmith attempt to protect devices crucial to its exploitation of the Spirit of the World, with Aeldari units attempting to destroy them. In addition to the extra rules included, these missions allowed for close, biting, and last-ditch matches between our forces.

What are our final thoughts on Eldritch Omens?

I really like the way the two forces are represented in occult omens balance each other out. And each plays very differently from each other, which makes this set really dynamic. As well as a solid lorebook outlining key moments in the conflict on Daethe, the new Goliath Down rules add a fun twist to the game. But the main draw for most will likely be the models, and they’re absolutely top-notch. . The models on display here are beautifully sculpted and a lot of fun to put together. As mentioned above, the stars of the box are undoubtedly the Shroud Runners, both for their gameplay mechanics and their looks.

These Chaos Space Marine Champions feature prominently in Eldritch Omens
These Chaos Space Marine Champions feature prominently in Eldritch Omens

Should I buy Eldritch Omens?

If you are looking for the latest Chaos Space Marine or Aeldari models and/or want to play missions with small forces specifically balanced to fight each other fairly, you should definitely choose occult omens. The amount of gameplay in this box is pretty amazing, considering it only contains two missions. We found ourselves replaying missions, switching sides, and trying different Goliath Down rules several times during our playtests. However, if you’re really just looking for a fuller contingent of forces for one or the other army, this version may not have enough models on each side for you.


The copy of Eldritch Omens used in this review was provided by Games Workshop.

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