The small-unit skirmish game Warhammer 40,000 Kill Team, which was developed in 2021, is at a good place right now. The gameplay is fast and fluid, yet it maintains the same small physical footprint and low model count as it was at the launch. Unfortunately, every great expansion is immediately followed by one that is a bit shit.
Every miniature inside this box, including the terrain, is brand new. It even includes a faction that has never been seen in three dimensions before. Its the first of a year-long cycle of Kill Team releases that should bring back the legacy of Warhammer 40,000: Into the Dark.
Into the Dark takes place in a very small part of the 40K universe, which is dubbed the Gallowdark. These are left-over space ships, asteroids, and other debris that float in and out of reality. Asuryani Eldar, and other creatures that inhabit them, and others that inhabit them.
The terrain in Into the Dark is composed of chunky gray polystyrene, which depicts the doomed starship's hidden corridors in a shattered shadow. All of the 16 wall sections are pre-weathered, with dents and gouges already molded into the surface. It's that easy to paint with rattle cans, and you're only a wash away from being done.
In addition to that, the terrain requires additional training, such as airbrushing in some object source lighting that would naturally reflect off of surrounding surfaces. I also painted some cheeky in-fiction propaganda posters that Ive been keeping on for just such an occasion.
The willingness to experiment and modify extends to the miniatures in this kit. Both the Imperial Navy Breachers and the Kroot Farstalker Kinband have a myriad of poses and weapons. The Breachers in particular are shockingly easy to paint, and they're a great starting point for any newcomer to the hobby.
The included paperback sourcebook includes several obscure races, such as the Fraal and the Khrave, but there are also entirely new entities, called the Larvae of Silica and the Eclosions of the Metal, which are both described as artificial species granted intelligence by their now-extinct creators. All four races are said to have built settlements and waged conflicts across the Gallowdark for millennia.
The new features in the sourcebook are lore gifts to hobbyists and kitbashers, just like the mysterious lost primarchs that formed the original Space Marine chapters, and reveal 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, except for the units and bonuses. Some restrictions limit how and when you may interrupt or fire during your opponent's turn. Into the Dark also gives some extra power to explosives and area-of-effect weapons.
Kill Team is similar to Games Workshops other small-unit skirmish games. Necromunda and Warcry is a very vertical game that uses multi-level terrain 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 practically 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; they'll just have to keep their long-range snipers at home, among other things.
Into the Dark is just the first of three significant quarterly Kill Team expansions. The roadmap, released on August 25, includes names like Shadowvaults, Soulshackle, and Gallowfall, as well as scenarios from across the 40K universe. Expect the terrain in those four kits to be fully compatible across the entire Kill Team line, and perhaps even beyond.
This Kill Team release has everything you need to know about the Gallowdark season, from adventurers and fans of terrain, to those who have invested heavily in the recent Horus Heresy boxed set, to complete newcomers to the hobby.
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