Snakes, Sharks, Savages, Samurai, and Sisters

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It’s safe to say there’s something for everyone, and they’re all available for pre-order on the 17th of April, which happens to be tomorrow! So why not start the day with some breakfast, a hot beverage, and a samurai? Or a shark? Even a snake?
Over the next few weeks, we’ll have Tips and Tactics for each of them, giving you an idea of what they do on the table and how they fit in with the rest of your Warband. But for now, feast your eyes, and let your imaginations wander!


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Shiho Hiroto - The Black Eagle

The Black Eagle Has Landed! In his fallen father's battle armour, Shiho Hiroto strides the Isles of Jwar hellbent on revenge! Shiho Hiroto has snuck back into the Isles of Jwar at the head of a group of deadly mercenaries from far-off lands, alongside a devout retinue of veteran warriors that rallied to his cause during his time abroad in the bowels of the Empire of the Golden Sun. His goals are simple: to claim this far-flung Prefecture for himself, then exact his vengeance upon the Takashi for what they did to his father and his clan. The Black Eagle is a mighty Samurai in his own right, becoming even deadlier at the head of a rejuvenated Shiho strikeforce. He will not rest until the Dragon Clan's soldiers lie dying in the mud of his homeland. Jwar will be his! Shiho Hiroto is a powerful model that epitomises the Shiho's ambush and hit-and-run tactics, making them excel at striking their opponents where they least expect it. Hiroto has access to the IMPROVISE Ki Feat, a feat that provides his Warband with unprecedented options. It also gives him the ability to fight any model with confidence and cunning.


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Hitokuchi - The Great White

Hitokuchi is an apex predator and the ultimate shock trooper! Big and bulky yet uncannily fast, this razor-toothed Great White Shark slices through melee with nonstop aggression. Always on the move and always hungry, Hitokuchi is blessed with the eerie ability to smell a drop of blood from very far away, allowing him to hunt with absolute precision and unbridled savagery. Fighting alongside the Jung Pirates, especially those who excel in making an enemy BLEED, Hitokuchi is virtually unstoppable when charging a bleeding enemy model from across the table. There is not much that can stand in his way when he sets his mind to it. His savage nature dictates that he eat what he kills, in large, gore-filled bites, thus allowing Hitokuchi to heal any damage sustained on the field of battle before charging off again with the rich, iron scent of blood in his nose.


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Akane

Veteran warriors in the Ito clan who achieve Gunso status receive spears to recognise this achievement. Ito warmasters fashion these lethal weapons to lacerate, disembowel and butcher enemy soldiers by causing truly horrific wounds. Akane, ever known for her cruel and sadistic behaviour  -- on and off the battlefield -- delights in using her newly awarded spear to impale her foes on the end of it, then enjoys standing back to watch them die. Even the soldiers under her control stay out of her way as there is just no telling where Akane stops, and her cruelty begins. Players will delight in using the BLOOD OF OROCHI trait to give her weapon POISON. This means even a single point of damage in melee will more than half kill most models in the End Phase, even a Minimoto Samurai! Akane is almost undoubtedly useful in any Ito list.

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Eldest Brother

Is he a beast or a man? More of some or less of the other? No one knows, not even he knows. What is known is that his loyalty to Shiho Hiroto is unquestionable. Eldest Brother would walk through the fires of the 10,000 Hells for him. His word is his bond, and his bond is everything. Being left behind after a Savage Wave raid, Eldest Brother now strides two wholly incompatible worlds, doing the best that he can with what he has. Hiroto saved him from the very worst of humankind's behaviour, and they have been together ever since. Eldest Brother might not look like it but under that otherworldly exterior beats the heart of a poet warrior in the most classical sense. He can be both killer and philosopher in the same breath. Eldest Brother is a brute in combat, tempering his rage with the teachings from his time in the Temple. Here, he learned the KATA trait that makes him highly reliable in the thick of things. The CHANOYU Ki feat is almost a metaphor for Eldest Brother's existence, as it allows him to curb the very worst excesses of his supposed inherent behaviour while protecting himself from those who would harm him.


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Ook

Bakemono bodyguards are notoriously tricky and untrustworthy, not so Ook. Ook is a Guardian of the Shadow Council, and having forfeited his will and soul to them, acts as their vessel, now ever loyal to the Bakemono's twilight cause. Using his diminutive stature to get to where he needs to be, Ook can position himself to protect his charges best, no matter where they are. Not even in death does Ook's duty end, as the Shadow Council and their heralds can bring him back to fight on their behalf even after his body lies cooling on the floor. His soul is theirs, and they intend to use it as many times as they can. Ook, the BODYGUARD offers hitherto unseen options to a Bakemono horde by adding a robust melee ability, as well as BARGE, and other valuable attacks and defences. Being able to come back from the dead and pick up where you left off also really helps!

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Yuta of Yurei

The Yuta of Yurei are three fell-hearted sisters walking the dark paths of the world, sowing chaos and corruption wherever they go. Having made Yurei's Dark Bargain for the promise of power and life everlasting, they have become one, united as a coven, shrieking their wants and desires into the night, and always at the expense of others, never themselves. They combine their powers to cast spells long-forgotten for a reason, conjurations that bring forth nothing but malice and disease and malefic yokai dripping with hate. They haunt the dark places of Jwar, picking over graves and battlefields like carrion crows so that they can raise Gashadokuro skeletons and summon Kairai to aid their plans of ill-intent. But three was once four; there was another sister before they became a triumvirate. Her name is Hikari, and because she rejected Yurei's bargain, her sisters killed her, rendering her Soulless. Each Yuta model has access to some of the most potent and expensive Ki Feats in the game; they pool their Ki to allow them to cast these foul incantations. Their shared Ki means they cannot use their magic on each other. Hikari, the fallen Yuta, offers more options to Yuta players as her now soulless nature allows her to win opposed ki tests automatically.
Note: This box contains eight models (Minarai model is included but not pictured) and 13 cards; this is more models than the pre-release version; the additional models are available separately for those who pre-ordered the Yuta during Adepticon 2020.


That’s it for now, but rest assured, there are always more exquisite miniatures on the way and expert advice on how to use them.

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