Monstrous Arcanum book by Forgeworld

Few months passed and we have another lovely book from Forgeworld in their expanding Warhammer Fantasy Battle list of products. As usual we decided to get a copy for our club and I am using this opportunity to write a review.
So what do we get?
Book looks really nice- same style of cover as Tamurkhan:Throne of chaos so fake leather, nice colorful picture and every page inside made look like an old book with yellow background. As I said in my Tamurkhan review already, I think that style works really well and puts Imperial Armour books from FW to shame.
For 32 pounds we get 113 pages full of very interesting content. First few pages are filled with a story of one of Tilean cities and its fight for dominance and survival.. of course with use of big monsters! This is quite a good story, introducing some new monsters and giving us “feel” how the rest of book is going to be like.
There are some special rules (including few new ones such as Colossal Beast or Largest of monsters) and more magic items and artifacts to use in your games as well. Main part of the book is all about (mostly) new monsters. Very interesting idea of incarnate elementals and plenty of other creatures that can be used for Storm of Magic games or with scenarios provided in this book (I will get back to those in a moment). Some of those monsters we already know from FW website and they have miniatures available, but some others don’t have a model yet, so we can definitely expect more resin toys sooner or later. Rules are definitely not meant for competitive play though- lots of units are really overpriced for what they do and few are definitely underpricing, but this book is not meant to be used in competitive play and most units/monsters are very interesting and characterful- at the end of the day that is what counts most.
A moment later we are given more opportunity to use all the new and not so new creatures in 9 brand new scenarios centered around big gribblies. They definitely look interesting and will be worth trying when you want something slightly different that your standard rulebook WHB scenarios.
At the end of the book we have something I personally really like- full campaign called “They fall of Tor Karyndis” which is a 5 scenario campaign involving Skaven and high Elves and looks very promising, with some very own special characters, rules etc. that lets you play relaxed and fun few games, with outcome of one affecting next one as well. Scenarios are mix of normal rules plus some rules from SoM. Exactly my kind of stuff!
Last two pages of the book have comprehensive list of all monsters and their relation to each army, divided into three categories: Abhorrent( it means your army can only ever have one of particular monster), Binding Scroll( as per Bound Monster rules) and Kinship (as many as you want within your army’s percentage limit). Always helpful to make more “fluffy” armies as one of my main problems with Storm of Magic supplement is that some of the rules and monsters you can include there are just plain ridiculous.
In general it is another very nice book by FW and we can only hope for more publications of the same quality. It is lavishly illustrated as well, even better than Tamurkhan and full of little stories making it a pure pleasure to read that book. Definitely worth getting!
S.

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One response to “Monstrous Arcanum book by Forgeworld

  1. Big Borther

    Cheers bro! I was really looking forward to reading that review. That campaign thing in particular looks fantastic and since you have some sneaky Skaven horde under your command I believe we are about to start playing some proper games soon. My arrogant and perfect warriors are always ready to show the scum of the Skavendom (with or without their greatest hero :P) where their place is 🙂

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