The small-unit skirmish game Warhammer 40,000 Kill Team, which was initially released in 2021, is in a good position right now. It still maintains the small physical footprint and low model count that it had at the beginning. Unfortunately, every great expansion is immediately followed by a bit of aversion.
Every detail inside this box, including the terrain, is brand new. It even includes a faction that hasn't been seen in three dimensions before. It's the first of a year-long cycle of Kill Team releases that should bring back one of the franchise's most famous locations, the space hulk.
The classic 1989 board game that pits Space Marine Terminators against Tyranid Genestealers blinks in and out of reality, appearing seemingly at random all over the galaxy. These bodies contain numerous fallen creatures, including Chaos Space Marines, Asuryani Eldar, and others. Into the Dark takes place in a human-made starship called Glory of Terra Triumphant.
The terrain in Into the Dark is a chunky gray polystyrene that depicts the doomed starship's hidden corridors, as well as computer screens, cables, and all sorts of grimdark industrial nick-nacks. Each of the 16 wall sections is pre-weathered, with dents, scratches, and gouges already molded into the surface. It's a breeze to paint with rattle cans, and youre only a wash away from being finished.
The environment provides plenty of opportunities for learning new skills, such as airbrushing in some object source lighting. This worked well with a very high zenithal application of silver metallic spray paint. I've been using these for years now, as well as some funny in-fiction propaganda posters.
The invitation to tinker and modify extends to the miniatures in this kit as well. Both the Imperial Navy Breachers and the Kroot Farstalker Kinband have a myriad of poses and weapons, and they're a fantastic starting point for any newbies to the hobby.
The included paperback sourcebook names several obscure races, like the Fraal and the Khrave, but there are also entirely new entities, called the Larvae of Silica and the Eclosions of the Metal, both described as artificial species created by their now-dead creators. All four races are said to have built settlements and waged wars across the Gallowdark for millennia.
The new information in the sourcebook are lore gifts to hobbyists and kitbashers, similar to the lost primarchs and original Space Marine authors. They also open open gaps in the larger universe that dedicated fans may fill in with their own ideas.
There aren't any significant changes to the general gameplay in Into the Dark, other than the units and bonuses. Some changes relate to the confined environment of the Gallowdark, while others alter how and when you may interrupt or fire during your opponents turn.
Kill Team, like Games Workshops other small-unit skirmish games, is a very vertical game that emphasizes multi-level terrain in order to encourage players to maneuver their troops off the beaten path. Into the Dark is explicitly two-dimensional, so much so that climbing up and over the walls is literally against the rules.
Pariah Nexus is a sequel to Kill Teams' most disastrous release. However, this time around the rules for terrain are much more widely applicable. Any faction may easily succeed in the Gallowdark; theyll just need to keep their long-range snipers at home, among other things.
Into the Dark is just the first of three major quarterly Kill Team expansions. The roadmap, released on August 25, includes names Shadowvaults, Soulshackle, and Gallowfall, and expect the terrain in those kits to be fully compatible with the entire Kill Team line, and perhaps even beyond.
This Kill Team release, regardless of what happened during the Gallowdark season, is a must-see for anyone who loves to collect and collect terrain, those who have enjoyed the previous Horus Heresy boxed set, and even total newcomers to the hobby.
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