Goodnight Portent

It is looking like portent is no more…

We almost made it to seven years. From a small Games Workshop rumours website on free webspace to a dual Xeon 2.4 GHz monster dedicated server with 100,000+ visitors a month, Portent has grown from a fun idea in my head to something far greater than I could ever have anticipated. Sadly, all good things must come to an end. The end result of the recent server troubles is that we no longer have the Portent data, aside from a year old backup. Unfortunate as this is it’s almost as if fate has forced our hand. I can no longer provide the time or finances that Portent requires, not by a long shot. For Nick and myself Portent has practically been a second job. You can only take so many abortive glimmers of hope before you realise it’s time to move on.

There are far too many people to thank before the curtain closes here. Most important of all, Nick has been a complete legend – there are very few people who would do so much for nothing but the odd beer. Portent would have vanished many moons ago without his technical expertise and I’m sure the rest of Portent has just as much to thank him for as I do.

A mere step below Nick in the grand scheme of things are the Inquisitors. I have, and I can say this having administered forums professionally, the best mod team I could ever ask for. Despite countless challenges they’ve been instrumental in tirelessly turning the Portent Forums into a great place to discuss wargaming and more besides. Every single one of you regular members who’ve posted (and not been banned, at least) deserves my thanks too, in particular those who helped support Portent by becoming Guilders. Seeing the end to such an amazing community is unquestionably the worst thing about this. Without you guys I probably would have closed the site long ago, having such a great community made it that much harder.

The chaps at the studio have all proved themselves to be total gents whenever we’ve spoken. Andy, it was always a pleasure to catch up with you at Games Days, I hope things are going well at Mongoose. Gav, many thanks for attending the tourney and posting on the forums. Paul, cheers for putting aside a foolish rumour from long ago and posting on the forums, I appreciate it. Robin, that studio tour was extremely cool and a much appreciated gesture, I hope to catch up again some time. And finally, I’ll never forget Rick Priestly, immortal grand chief games designer supreme, catching me at the last minute before I left that studio tour to essentially say “Hi, and good work on Portent”.

And last of all, the web stores who occasionally advertised with Portent. The Warstore was our longest running advertiser, albeit on and off. It’s also one of the best places around to order miniatures and Neal is just a damn nice guy to do business with. Also check out Chelgames (UK), Whites of their Eyes (Warmachine), Battle Pack and Wargames Dungeon, they’ve all supported Portent over the years.

After thanking so many people it almost feels wrong to turn critical, but some people really do deserve it. Great Canadian Miniatures were invariably rude whenever we talked via email – if none of you guys ever did business with them again I wouldn’t be too upset. And whoever it was at GW US that ultimately decided online GW retailers in the US were “riding on the coat tails of brick and mortar stores” was laughably short sighted indeed, particularly given the real reason for the decision.

Well, the letter I never wanted to write has already got far longer than I expected. We’ll be turning the server off for good on March 20th and then selling it to recoup costs which, sadly, run well beyond what the server sale will recoup, but c’est la vie. We had hoped to keep Portent running for the last week of its existence but sadly the database loss means we can’t do that. Instead, please join #portent on Efnet IRC, I’ll be hanging around there and I’m sure many others will once they read this.

If any Guilders would like a refund on the remainder of your fee past site closure, drop me an email and I promise to sort that, we’re not here to rip anyone off. Please email me at portent.webmas… with any such requests.

Lavfluris is looking to continue his tournaments and I’ll be helping him with that however I can. Some of the mods are also looking into starting a new community, though it will be a separate effort from myself and Nick beyond what initial help we can offer – email oracle.port… if you’d like to help. Keep an eye on this page for news of both things.

It has been an incredible journey, but it really is over. Thank you one and all for helping make Portent something special, I hope you’ll all remember it for as long as I will.

Best of luck to you all, and not just with the dice rolls.

Pete Closs Portent Webmaster April 1998 – March 2005

It’s a sad day as it was a great site (even if it forced my site off the internet due to mentioning my photographs).

Forgeworld Newsletter #115

More Elysians and the return of the large Space Marine…


Welcome to the latest Forge World newsletter. In this issue we have some work-in-progress photos to show you, as well as the next couple of new releases for our very popular Elysian Drop Troops.

Ogre Rhinox Cavalry

Ogre Rhinox Cavalry spotted on the horizon!

When I was in Chicago last summer for Games Day, Phil Kelly first mentioned to me this mad idea the GW Studio had had of Ogres charging into battle on top of great big Rhinox. When I got back here I talked to the boss and he talked to a few people over in the GW Studio. Next thing you know is that this mad idea starts to look like not being quite that mad after all. The link below shows a couple of photos of our first unfinished Rhinox. The man putting all the hard work into sculpting this beast is Daniel Cockersell, who has made many Forge World monsters for 40K and Warhammer including the Bloodthirster and brand new Chaos Dragon. The other week Phil sent us over a draft of some rules to look at. Ohmigod! I know it was just a draft and I know they need to be play-tested, but Rhinox cavalry are going to be pretty damned hard! The plan at the moment is for Daniel to make a few different Rhinox and then he’ll, well, that would be telling, wouldn’t it? I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of this exciting project in another newsletter in the near future.

Elysian Tank Hunters

As Elysian Drop troops often operate without the benefit of support from heavy armour such as Leman Russ tanks, they have to depend heavily on their own Heavy Weapon and Support Squads. This version of the Support Squad has been set up to give enemy tanks a seriously hard time with its three Meltaguns. The gunners run to get into a firing position whilst being covered by the other lasgun equipped squad members. Dropping down to take aim, (and to try to make themselves smaller targets!), The Elysian gunners can then use the horrific short range power of their Meltaguns to blast enemy tanks, bunkers or even heavily armoured troops into smoking ruins. (Mmm, I think I LIKE Meltaguns.)

Elysian Equipment Pack

Next today we have a pack of Elysian equipment. The pack contains a whole pile of grenades and equipment pouches of varying sizes. A couple of Medipacks are in there too, as Veterans do seem keen on staying alive, some Demo Charges and ammo for a Heavy Bolter and Missile Launcher as well. You can use these bits to further personalise your models, perhaps even using them to make your own Veterans.

Giant 120mm Scale Imperial Space Marine

Here’s a real blast from the past. Our 120mm scale Imperial Space Marine was one of the very first models released by Forge World six years ago, and he has been out of production for over two years and so might be new to quite a lot of you. If you take a look at the instructions on the link below, you’ll see that the Space Marine comes in quite a number of parts and that the shape of the joints between the arms, legs body and head allow for a reasonable amount of posing. There are some nice little accessories in the kit too. The combat knife can be mounted as a bayonet or slid into the scabbard. There are two heads in the box, one standard Mk7 helmet and a bare head with great facial detail. That gorgeous detailed base is also part of the set with the loose skull and section of pillar too. Grenades, pouches and a bolt pistol all go to finish off this example of the Imperium’s finest. We’ve only managed to cast up a limited number of this big, big Marine and when these sell out, (and they will!), he won’t be back for a while because the moulds have gone pop again!

So, when are these new models released?

The Elysian Melta Squad and Equipment pack are available to pre-order for release from Monday the 4th of April onwards. The 120mm Space Marine is in stock and available to order right now. Remember, we’ve only got a few of this big guy so get one now or face possible disappointment.

Games Day Atlanta & Conflict! Edinburgh

Last call for these two events. If any of you are going to either Conflict! Edinburgh on the 13th or Games Day Atlanta on the 19th and want to be certain of getting what you want, Forge World is happy to reserve this for you. Either give one of our guys a call on the phone or drop us an email titled ‘Forge World Reservation’ to with your name, the event you want to collect your order at, and the list of what you want us to pack up especially for you. The only thing is, we need to have your reservation by the end of this Monday, the 7th, so we can get your order packed up and shipped over to Atlanta or onto the back of the van to Edinburgh.

Forge World


Limited Edition 40K scale Inquisitor Model

Inquisitor Lorr….only available on the 2nd and 3rd April in the UK and Northern Europe…

Games Workshop are releasing a limited edition 40K scale Inquisitor model to celebrate 30 years of Games Workshop (and it only seems like yesterday was the 25th anniversary).

I quite like the figure and if I have a chance I am going to try and get one.

It is only available in stores in the UK (and Northern Europe) on the 2nd and 3rd April.

Forgeworld Newsletter #114 more Elysian DropTroops…


Hi everyone. In today’s issue of the Forge World newsletter we have our third batch of new Elysian Drop Troop releases, some landmines and minefield markers for you to take a look at.

Before I dive into the new models, the Forge World Events page now has a few links to some of the shows and events Forge World will be at in some capacity over the next month or so. Each page will be kept right up to date with news of what you can expect to see at the Forge World stand at that show such as new releases and if one or more of our designers will be there too. Details of when and how to place a reservation order can be found on these pages too.

Time for a little firepower methinks. I personally really like missile launchers in 40K. I enjoy having the flexibility that you get from being able to switch from anti-tank to anti-personnel fire each turn. This new Elysian Drop Troop Heavy Weapons squad scores even more points with me by allowing the option of each Trooper carrying spare missile tubes. As with all the Elysian Drop Troop squads Forge World has made, these guys can be made in an almost limitless variety of poses thanks to the large choice of different parts that go to make up the set. If you don’t like the way we have stuck this squad together then just make yours another way!

If you prefer to get a little closer to your enemy then the next unit might be one to consider. This Elysian Special Weapons Squad is primarily armed with two flamers and a Trooper carrying a demo’ charge in case something juicy comes their way. The Elysian flamer is a big favourite of mine because it is just a couple of canisters of fuel connected to a flexible hose with a pipe to point at the target. I think it looks brutally simple and I love it!

Probably about five minutes after we showed the first Elysian Drop Troop squads people started asking if they could buy the Elysian lasguns separately. Well, as of today you will be able to order a large pack of weapons that does include some of those very popular lasguns. The pack includes 4 regular lasguns, 2 equipped with under-barrel grenade launchers, 2 laspistols and empty holsters, 2 grenade launchers, 2 melta-guns, 2 plasma guns and 2 of those beautiful sniper rifles. These weapons could be used for all manner of different things including changing the load-out of some of your Elysian squads, dioramas, kill-teams, the list could go on and on.

Finally! Something to mark out minefields in games of 40K so we don’t have to use spare dice or bits of paper!  And if you prefer to make your own markers we also have a pack of individual Imperial landmines too. In both of these packs there are anti-tank and anti-personnel mines, so I reckon pretty much everyone will want to avoid the area you booby-trap.

The Imperial Landmines, Minefield, both new Elysian squads and the Elysian weapons pack are all available to pre-order now over the phone and online at We will start shipping these pre-orders out from Monday the 4th of April.

A small new thing to finish off today’s newsletter. More often than not, when we show a new model in a newsletter the photos are of an unpainted or, at best, undercoated example. Forge World does get at least one of each of our new models painted up to use for taking to shows and in our ‘Imperial Armour’ range of books. We do put these painted pictures onto our website too but you might not notice as we do have quite a range these days! This is why we thought we might start putting a few links into our newsletters so you can see the great work our painters are doing and perhaps even give you some inspiration.

That’s it for this newsletter I’m afraid, but we’ll be back with another one very soon.

Ewen Little.
Forge World.


Update: dead links removed