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Games Workshop's Imperial Guard Shadowsword

By Tim Kidwell
Published: February 5, 2010
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Games Workshop’s new Apocalypse expansion for its famous Warhammer 40,000 (40k) tabletop wargame allows players to field huge armies that would be nearly impossible under the normal 40K rules. What’s more, it supplies rules for monster warmachines, including super-heavy tanks like the Shadowsword, which just arrived in my office.

Modelers can build the Shadowsword plastic model kit (No. 47-25, $99) as one of six variants (including the Shadowsword, Stormlord, Banesword, Stormsword, Doomhammer and Banehammer), each with its own unique look and weaponry–which mostly comes down to the size and shape of the main gun.
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The Shadowsword model makes some concessions on detail for rugged design. Wargaming models need to be able to stand up to frequent handling and transport, so modelers will find that details like separate road wheels, individual track links and photo-etched parts are avoided. Instead, Games Workshop concentrates on the baroque and gothic appearance that influences all 40k designs and make them unique in the world of sci-fi models. Heavy emphasis is given to weapons, the angular armor, multiple hatches and doors, and little details like the abundant Imperium insignia, rivets and bolts.

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The sprues bristle with parts, which are crisp and clean. One downside is that the majority of parts aren’t numbered, leaving builders to match the parts depicted in the instructions to the ones on the sprues. The instructions are clear, however.

A full review of the Shadowsword will appear in Model Retailer’s May 2010 issue.
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