Every time a new codex is released, we are always interested in the new toys; the shiny, impressive additions which change how we can build our army lists and how me model them. Alongside new units, we have new war gear: weapons, artefacts and armour which can open several new customisation routes.
Two recent additions to the Thousand Sons from the new Codex: Chaos Space Marines have been a Hellsmith and a Forgefiend, one of Games Workshops newest kits.
First off, the Hellsmith. For too long I've wanted the ability to fix vehicles, and my dark prayers have been answered. The Hellsmith has some nifty bonus, such as cursing terrain and vehicles, alongside fixing his own. With this, he has access to some interesting weaponry. My new favourite of which is the Burning Brand of Skalathrax: a flamer with a bonus `12" range (Torrent), AP3 and Soul Blaze. In both practice games, he did an amazing job of burning Space Marines.
Now I didn't have enough fund spare to purchase the £18 official model on top of the other stuff, so I built my own. Basing it off an old metal Techmarine, I added chaos spares, daemon spares, and enough cabling to embarass the Golden Gate Bridge. As those with keen eyes may notice, I have also swapped the bolt pistol, as shown before, for a Burning Brand, which I am representing with a heavy flamer taken from the Tartaros Terminator Forgeworld kit.
I feel that this is a great tribute to the concept of a merged human, machine and daemon enitity, and has a brutual feel in its posing and size. Expect semi painted pictures on the Facebook page later on today, and a full showcase at some point in the next week or so.
In-game, it is a fun, if volatile, model which has plenty of destructive capability, even to itself. In its very first game, it managed to destroy itself through gets hot rolls alone from its three Ectoplasma Cannons, which 2/3 of the time overheated. No damage from the enemy, just its own excessive bad luck. Thankfully this wore off in the following game, where it took a heavy toll on the enemy.
As well as these, there will be a Helldrake making an appearance once the correct summoning rituals are performed (i.e. when it's been un-boxed).