A paper Dralthi is on the way! Péricles is now 'testing' the design (along with four others) -- and it will be available at Paper Commander in early April. More importantly, he has also created a wonderful visual tutorial to explain exactly how to put his amazing models together! I know I've looked at the complex printouts and wondered how to put the darned things together in the past -- and now he's been kind enough to show us! You can find the paper walkthrough here. Now, a few spy shots of that upcoming Dralthi...
Electronic Arts has announced an elaborate 'collectors edition' of its Warhammer Online MMO release scheduled for later this year. It includes some neat extras:
EXCLUSIVE GAMES WORKSHOP MINIATURE - GRUMLOK AND GAZBAG
Pretty cool -- but why is it relevant to Wing Commander fans? EA Mythic, the developer of Warhammer Online, is one of the studio's most independent groups -- and they're essentially in charge of Origin's legacy, continuing to run and update Ultima Online. It's great to see that they're continuing Origin's "trinket" system in some way, and it would certainly be good to see the group get a 'win' with this title to take back some of the audience lost to World of Warcraft over the years. Beyond that, who can help but dream about a big budget Wing Commander release that might include such cool toys?
From the Age of Reckoning to your tabletop battle! Based on original characters from the MMORPG and designed by Games Workshop specifically for the Collector's Edition, this official Warhammer metal miniature depicts the Greenskin warboss, GRUMLOK, and his shaman, GAZBAG, in rich detail. (Assembly and painting required.)
ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVEL - WARHAMMER ONLINE: PRELUDE TO WAR
The forces of Order and Destruction collide under the red Chaos moon! Commissioned exclusively for the Collector's Edition, WARHAMMER ONLINE: PRELUDE TO WAR is a full-color, 128-page hardcover graphic novel that sets the stage for the start of the game. Written by acclaimed Games Workshop writer Graham McNeill, the oversized book is richly illustrated by Chad Hardin, Joe Abraham, Rahsan Ekedal, Tony Parker, and Kevin Hopgood. Each of the graphic novel's six chapters tells a unique story about the armies in the game, and together they detail the events leading up to the Age of Reckoning:
ART BOOK - THE ART OF WARHAMMER ONLINE
A stunning collection of art that gave birth to the Age of Reckoning. THE ART OF WARHAMMER ONLINE is a 224-page hardcover collection of original art from the game. Each of the glossy, full-color pages showcases the talented work of our concept artists and offers a glimpse at a world in the making.
BONUS IN-GAME ITEM - THE LIBRAMS OF INSIGHT
Wisdom is its own reward. Readers of the Librams of Insight are granted special insight into their own actions and earn experience at a higher rate for a limited time. (XP-gain modifier for 60 minutes, 3 uses, 90 minute reuse timer.)
BONUS IN-GAME CONTENT - QUESTS, REWARDS, AND TITLES
New adventures and just rewards await players on the battlefields of WAR! Purchasers of the Collector's Edition will begin their adventures in the Age of Reckoning with twelve (12) bonus quests awaiting them in their Tome of Knowledge. Each quest offers an exciting in-game reward, as well as a unique character title, to those that complete the challenges before them.
BONUS IN-GAME CONTENT - CHARACTER HEADS
Stand out in a crowd with a look unlike anyone else's! The WAR Collector's Edition includes twelve (12) bonus heads for additional character customization options. Each race gets a truly distinctive look (with male and female versions) that is sure to turn heads on the battlefields and be the envy of everyone in the army.
As an added bonus, players who pre-order the Collector's Edition will receive two exclusive in-game items, guaranteed access to the Open Beta, and special early access to the live game.