If you are a Warhammer or Warhammer 40,000 fan, you’re probably familiar with the magazine “White Dwarf,” that has accompanied our miniature-collecting and painting addiction for almost three decades.
What not everyone know is that the titular White Dwarf is actually a character in Wargammer lore, and that character, named Grombrindal, will appear in Total War: Warhammer as a Legendary Lord starting today.
There is a catch: to get him, you either have to grab a code from the November issue of White Dwarf, or simply walk into a Games Workshop store and ask for one. If you don’t read the magazine or don’t have a GW store close by, you’ll have to wait for Grombrindal to be released for everyone in 2017.
Incidentally, if you still don’t have Total War: Warhammer, the voucher you can grab at the GW stores will give you a 20% discount on the game’s purchase, which never hurts. After all, Total War: Warhammer is one of the few remaining ways to savor the Warhammer lore as it was originally intended, ignoring the unspeakable travesty that Games Workshop dropped on the shelves with the new edition.
Grombrindal: The White Dwarf
Grombrindal, The White Dwarf himself, is a hero from the time of legends. Rumours abound as to his true identity. Some say he is the living incarnation of Snorri Longbeard himself; others that he was betrothed to the goddess Valaya, protector and bestower of magical resistance. Either way, he is a powerful living symbol of hope and pride for the Dwarfs and, in times of dire need, he may appear in the flesh to help the Dawi through their tribulations.
Like all Legendary Lords, Grombrindal unlocks a series of unique quests as he levels up, each of which rewards him with his legendary wargear. Grombrindal has no less than four quest-chains, bestowing him with the Rune Helm of Zhufbar, the Armour of Glimril Scales, the Rune Cloak of Valaya, and the Rune Axe of Grimnir. Thus clad, he is a formidable force of the battlefield.
Traits and abilities
Grombrindal has a number of traits and abilities which make him a unique Legendary Lord.
- Grombrindal can assume the aspect and attendant benefits of one of the illustrious Dwarf deities, Grimnir, Valaya and Grungni, through his unique Living Ancestor dilemma
- The greatest campaign reinforcement range of any Lord
- Increased Underway evasion chance
- His unique battle ability, ‘Grimnir Has no Fear’, is an augment which bestows increased melee attack, melee defence, vigour and the Unbreakable trait.
- His unique battle ability ‘Flash Bomb’ temporarily blinds enemies and slows their advance.