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New Warhammer Chaos Marauders are an army of Conan the Barbarians

Games Workshop has revealed a new Darkoath army set for the Slaves to Darkness Age of Sigmar faction, with refreshed minis and a new monster.

Warhammer Chaos Marauder chieftain on horseback - a muscular man wearing little bit a few pieces of armor and some furs, riding on the back of a horse, holding an axe aloft

Games Workshop is finally updating the venerable plastic Warhammer Chaos Marauders model kits, starting with a new Darkoath Army set for Warhammer Age of Sigmar. The box set contains 27 new models for the Darkoath subfaction, including updates to classic minis and two completely new models.

While the Darkoath are part of the Slaves to Darkness Age of Sigmar army, we have no doubt that these new minis are going to be popular among people playing the Chaos Warriors Warhammer: The Old World faction. The Marauder miniatures are long past due an update: the current plastic Chaos Marauder kit was released for Warhammer Fantasy in 2002, with the Chaos Marauder horsemen released in 2008.

Warhammer Chaos Marauders armed with spears and shields, light infantry wearing little but a few skins and leather harnesses holding on scraps of amor

The Darkoath Army Set contains 20 Darkoath Marauders, an update to the classic footslogging Chaos Marauders, and five horseback Darkoath Fellriders, an update to Chaos Marauder horsemen.

They maintain the same, Frank Frazetta inspired aesthetic as their predecessors – these figures are largely naked except for their undies, a few bits of armor, and just enough leather straps to hold it all in place – but rendered with modern figure sculpting techniques.

Warhammer Chaos Marauders horsemen, five light horsemen and women wearing little but a few pieces of armor, wielding a mixture of javelins and hand weapons

There’s also some modern ideas, too, with half of the Marauders having male torsos and half female torsos, and ample heads to stick where you like.

The first new model without an older counterpart is the Darkoath Chieftain on Warsteed, pictured in the header image for this article. He’s a horseback boss to accompany the Fellriders, radiating ‘Conan the Barbarian’ energy.

He’s overshadowed by the gribbly new Wilderfiend, a spike-backed monstrosity that was once a “powerful mortal champion whose ambitions outstipped their abilities”.

Warhammer Chaos Marauders Wilderfiend, a huge spine-backed beast with purple skin and great horns

For the lore nerds, the Warhammer Community post introducing the Darkoath Army set explains that he isn’t exactly a Chaos spawn. Whereas a mortal who receives more blessings from the Chaos gods than their body can bear will devolve into a spawn, a Wilderfiend “earned the enmity of their dark patrons for breaking one of their oaths”.

Warhammer Chaos Marauders Wilderfiend, a huge spine-backed beast with purple skin and great horns - detail photographs showing an alternate head, and the armor and clothing attached to the model

The Darkoath Army Set will contain a Battletome Supplement adding these new unit stat lines to the Slaves to Darkness army list. There’s no word yet on when the set will be released.

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