I posted these quickly after going to bed last night (4 hours of driving took it out of me) but this morning I sat down and cropped out some of the detail that maybe you can’t really make out in the above pics:
The Bale Tarus Lord (Drazhoath the Ashen):
The only differences I could see between his Bale Tarus model and the one that has already been released were these little cages on it that housed some slaves:
And the crew of the Skullcracker which I thought looked pretty awesome:
Also Isoulle, the Skullcracker is the variation of the Iron Demon, it replaces the cannonade with the contraption you see there and causes more damage in impact hits and thunderstomp. Plus it looks cool and smashes lesser races!
The Bale Taurus models are two different sculpts with different poses though based from a common original master.
The Sculptor (who’s name escapes me) said that this was done in order to allow one army to field 2 taurus models (the special character and a normal Lord) without them looking like clones.
One other thing he said was the reason they have not yet done Hobgoblin cavalry is that they are waiting to see what GW do with the goblin wolves and then trying to do something with that. They don’t want to make a rider for a mount which may become discontinued. A full resin cavalry model may become a reality but only once the the direction GW take with the wolves becomes apparent.
One of the reasons that Taurus looks a little different is the way it’s attached to the base - by the front hooves instead of flatly horizontal on a flying stick. But it hasn’t had a heck of a lot changed - fine by me.
The crew of the skullcracker look like the faces are exactly the same, which feels a little lacklustre, considering they’re from a company specialising in unique looking models.
Thanks for the new skullcracker pics and the painted sorceror prophet (?). Are there any pics of that guy from the back? Im looking forward to those two footed characters the most. Ive still got to decide between the iron deamon and the skullcracker though. Im leaning towards the skullcracker at the moment because its just so over the top and imo is an updated version of the whirlwind/tenderisers.